Begin Date: Summer Session 1996
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
The primary goal of this major is to educate students for careers as writers, reporters, editors, and photographers with newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and in the publications and public information departments of governments and industry. Courses in the major are about evenly divided between those emphasizing skills and professional procedures used by journalists and those seeking an understanding of journalism and mass communications as they relate to society.
Students may wish to concentrate in a specific area. To that end, the faculty recommends these possibilities, but at the same time encourages creative combinations.
Broadcast: COMM 360, 465, 466
Visual communications: COMM 269, 468, 469
Print (reporting): COMM 462, 463, 464, 467
Print (editing): COMM 269, 467, 468
Nonfiction: COMM 230, 430, 462
Students must select at least 90 credits in non-COMM courses, including at least 65 credits in the liberal arts and sciences.
For the B.A. degree in Journalism, a minimum of 130 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 3-12 credits
COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONS BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 48-57 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
COMM 260W(3) (Sem: 3-4)
COMM 403(3), 409(3), 460W(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 6 credits from COMM 230(3-6), 269(3), 360(3), 430(3), 461(3), 462(3), 463(3), 464(3), 465(3), 466(3), 467(3), 468(3), 469(3), or 495(1-3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits from COMM 205 DF(3), 401(3), 405(3), 408(3), 410(3), 411(3), 413W(3), 419(3), 496(1-18), 497(1-9), or 499(1-12) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21-30 credits)
Select 3 credits from any College of Communications courses (Sem: 5-8)
University-approved minor (18-27 credits)
[Students majoring in journalism must take a University-approved minor outside the College of Communications. The minimum requirement for a minor is 18 credits. By careful planning, a student may use General Education and Bachelor of Arts courses to help fulfill this requirement. In lieu of a minor, students may take a multiple major or simultaneous degree, as long as it is outside the College of Communications. Students should consult with their adviser as soon as possible about this requirement.] (Sem: 1-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
 Internship in news with newspaper, radio, or TV. See the director of the internship program for specifics.
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1996
Blue Sheet Item #: 24-05-004
Review Date: 6/3/99 (General Education Update)